Project 365

The first of the year our youngest son wrote a blog about Project 365…where he would take at least one picture each day. His dad and I decided to join him in this. That way we all can encourage each other to keep up with it. Today marks day 25. I’ve found that I don’t stop with just one photo. One day I took 147 just around here. A good part of those were trying to capture a really good picture of the birds that frequent our feeders in the back of our house. They are such fast moving little creatures…a continuing challenge. I set the tripod up at the back door and shoot through the glass of the storm’s been too cold to be outside waiting for that perfect shot. Of course, I’m still waiting for that perfect shot. Wink

So after we started taking all these pictures, the question was…what are we going to do with them? Do we share them somehow, or just have them on our computer? What should be done with them? Two of our children have web albums and share a number of their pictures. I decided I would also like to share my pictures.  

It’s been a challenge to come up with something to photograph each day, but it’s also been fun. And hopefully it will also be a good learning tool so I can take good pictures.  I want to get beyond point and shoot.

Now for the next 340 days…one day at a time. Smile


Cookie Recipe

Today I did something I haven’t done for quite a while: I baked my favorite cookies. My husband’s favorite is Oatmeal…a recipe he got from the school cooks years ago.  Now mine I found in a magazine approximately 25 years ago (give or take a year or two).  I mentioned on Facebook that I was baking Trailside Oatmeal Treats…one of my nieces asked ‘what’s the recipe?’. So decided I’d put it onto here.


1-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/2 cups uncooked oats
1/2 cup each semisweet chocolate pieces and raisins (I use 1 cup chocolate chips and leave out the raisins)

You can use a mixer or just mix by hand.

Stir together flour, soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl beat butter, peanut butter and sugars
until creamy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then oats, chocolate pieces and
raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in
preheated 350 degree oven about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to rack to cool.
Makes 42.   I usually end up with about 4 dozen cookies.

I use the 1 cup chocolate chips because I don’t really care for raisins.  I have made them with the raisins and must admit, in spite of not liking raisins, they are quite good.

Blue Glass

This past week my daughter-in-law and I did some more ‘shopping’. For quite a while we have both wanted to go to an antique shop that’s open only Sunday afternoon…because of gasoline prices and various other reasons we just couldn’t justify making a trip for only that reason. Anyway, we finally decided to go, after all gas prices have gone down (altho, they seem to be increasing again)…besides we’ve come to realize it does us a lot of good to have some time away from the farm…even a couple hours. At the antique shop everything was 1/2 price with the exception of a child’s desk. Now me, I look for blue wherever I go…I did mention that blue is my favorite color, didn’t I? There was a beautiful dish with a lid for $6 that I had decided I wanted to buy, altho, I left it sitting on the shelf at the time. When we had finished looking I went to get it, then while walking through the aisle, saw another one that I had totally missed seeing. Terrible, huh? I had looked at the plates next to it and just totally overlooked it. Anyway, it was a richer blue and didn’t take me any time at all to realize it was the one for me. Smile

Then Tuesday we got really adventuresome and went between 40 and 50 miles from home to Campbellsville to the Peddler’s Mall. The Mall is in a large building with lots of booths set up…some new things, some antiques, some junk, and a lot of stuff in between. Anne found a transferware plate and some odds and ends. I found blue glass dishes, well, really Anne saw them first, then handed them to me. Two small dishes together, both blue glass. I also found a 1 quart Revere ware pan. With just 2 of us, a lot of times a 1 quart pan is all I need...especially for left overs so they’re in something ready to be reheated.

Before we even got to Campbellsville, Anne saw a sign for an Antique Shop, so we stopped. In there I found a blue glass relish plate. It wasn’t that I didn’t have relish plates, I just didn’t have a blue one. I’ll give away a plain glass one to make room for it. Wink

We came home a different way and discovered an Antique Shop in Greensberg. I enjoyed looking, but didn’t buy anything there. I always find it fun to look, brings back memories from my childhood. As well as, those, oh, wow, it’s worth that much…I used to have one.   Anne found a small vase and some Victorian magazines she didn’t have.

We had a good time and are glad we took a day off!

Wanted to share a picture of my blue glass: